Jett and Oliver’s Journey

Jett and Oliver’s Journey

Jett When Jett’s parents found out that their sweet two-week-old baby definitely had Down syndrome, Mom was devastated. Between struggles with breastfeeding/weight gain and then the “doomsday” diagnosis, Mom cried through his first three weeks. From everything that they read, it was advised to let go of all the dreams that they didn’t even realize they had for their son.  But they just couldn’t! They couldn’t imagine giving up on his future before it even started. So through lots of research, supplementation, home schooling/therapy and alternative therapies not covered by insurance or Medicaid, Jett started speaking at 8 months old and started reading at 17 months old. Here’s a video of him reading at 18 months old : https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LgJxlYG845o) And, at age 4, he is reading at a 5th grade level and is eagerly learning Japanese, French and Spanish! Here’s a video of Jett at 3 years old, reading a word in English, translating it to Japanese and then spelling the word using hiragana, the Japanese alphabet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llDeNMBSdEA  Jett journey through healing has not been easy. He had heart surgery (full repair) at 6 months old and has spinal issues that have set him back in his gross and fine motor skills. Through alternative methods, Jett was finally able to stand and walk for the first time when he was 3 years old. Now, at 4.5 years old, he’d love to also be able to run, hop, jump and skip with the other children. And, even though Jett can spell 100s of words verbally, he is not yet able to write his name or tie his shoes. Jett is a...
Emma’s Wish

Emma’s Wish

Emma’s Wish This is our amazing Emma. She is a beautiful loving soul. Emma came home to us when she was 7 days old and we were blessed to adopt her at 11 months old.   Her birth mom was an active addict. Emma was born with many drugs in her body and as a result she is paying the price. Emma has never slept through the night. Most days are filled with challenges, meltdowns, rages, head banging, destructive behavior and threats of not wanting to be on this earth. Can you imagine hearing your 6 year old saying she wants to die?? Each morning it takes  her 30+ minutes to get dressed because she can’t stand the feeling of clothing on her body. It prompts anxiety and meltdowns every day. This is emotionally exhausting and we are powerless to it. Up until now, we have been too proud to ask for help but the time has come. Emma has seen all the conventional doctors since she was two and a half years of age. She has been to 4 psychiatrists, a play therapist,  sensory therapist, neurologist, ABA therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and more. She has been given several diagnoses, such as ADHD, PTSD,Sensory processing disorder, Autism spectrum disorder, Anxiety, Bipolar, Attachment disorder…. The list goes on and on. Emma has been on Meds that have made her violent and seeing hallucinations . She has been non- reactive to the meds given and yes we have gone the holistic route. These treatments that are covered by Medicaid have showed little result. The doctors we have seen would rather medicate...
Therapy for Taisei

Therapy for Taisei

Therapy for Taisei Taisei (pronounced “Ty-Say”) is a friendly seven year old boy with a great smile.   His name means “sunshine” and as his name suggests he brings joy to his family and friends! When Taisei was 10 months old, he fell off of a booster chair, hit his head and immediately passed out.  He was rushed to a near-by Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed as having intracranial hemorrhage and went through a surgery.  Doctors were not able to assure his parents that he would be able to survive.  After the surgery, he was in a state of coma for 10 days where he fought for his life in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.  Taisei survived but unfortunately he had lost control of his body.  He was not able to hold his head up, speak any words, eat from his mouth or move his body.  His life has been changed without a notice before his first birthday. Since his accident, Taisei has lived an uphill battle to gain back what he had lost.  Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy and other therapies became part of his daily routine.  Taisei works hard every single day just so that he can do things that come naturally to other kids.  Today, Taisei is able to say a few words, eat some food from his mouth, and even walk a little with his walker.  For him, these are monumental progress and his family is very proud of how far he has come.  He still has a long way to go but he has a great personality and his ‘can-do’ attitude...
Mighty Mei

Mighty Mei

Mighty Mei Mei was adopted from China at the age of three along with her older sister, Rebekah.  Her Mom, Heidi, has had a rocky start with little Mei. After bringing her home, Mei’s mom has been faced with daily challenges.  Mei has been diagnosed with epilepsy, development delay, and is deaf. While trying to teach language and sign language, Mei developed contractures in her hands making sign language difficult and communication almost impossible.  Her epilepsy caused serious seizures depriving little Mei of the sleep she desperately needed. In January 2013, Mei underwent surgery to place a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (think of it as a pacemaker for the brain). Immediately, there was an improvement seen in her sleep and concentration.  At age 10, for the first time, she is able to attend a full-day school and is enrolled in a life skills program. Currently, Mei is thriving. While developmentally she is still at the level of a toddler, finally her language is developing and she is showing signs of developmental growth not seen before. Her sign language, while still difficult because of her hands, is beginning, and she is becoming ever more interactive and curious. Heidi and Mei’s doctors are encouraged by the signs of progress through intensive therapies.  They need to bridge the gap with hand therapy, social integration therapy and visual integration therapy. Mei is sweet, loving, and, above all, determined. She is a survivor that is, in a word, unstoppable. But in order to reach the potential she has inside of her, she needs your help. Please donate to Mighty Mei through Bridge To...
Chloe’s Challenge

Chloe’s Challenge

Chloe’s Challenge Chloe is a 13-year-old girl diagnosed with autism, ADHD and apraxia.  Chloe has countless challenges ranging from lack of speech, social skills, behavior and life skills, but her family continues working with her to help her live life to the fullest.  Bridge To Healing continues to assist with therapies to help Chloe find her voice. Chloe is a beautiful little girl, with big blue eyes and a smile that will melt your heart.  However, her diagnosis of autism at age 21 months old, has taken her life in a different direction.  She has two typical sisters and her family copes with the many challenges including behavior, speech, and daily functions including toileting, getting dressed, bathing and eating. Basically, Chloe is a two year old girl trapped in a nine year old body. Little Chloe is nonverbal, but has learned to use pictures and an iPad to communicate and reduce her frustrations.  She is quick on her feet and will run off in literally seconds, forcing her to wear a LoJack on her ankle daily. Behaviorist and Chloe’s family continue to work with her daily to teach her important life skills.  Chloe has found things she loves like swimming daily, navigating iTunes and riding wild roller coasters! Thanks to Bridge to Healing, Chloe is able to attend summer day camps and now sleep away camps to increase her independence at special needs facilities, along with private school and behavior therapies.  Without Bridge to Healing, Chloe wouldn’t have made the progress she has. While Chloe’s progress has been slow, her mom has hope. Hope, Faith and Love. Donate to Bridge to Healing.  Please write in Chloe Anderson’s name to donate to...